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    Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote?

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    Hi all,

    Im heading up to Sydney shortly, could someone tell me where are the Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote? Cafes are usually very friendly, funky, down to earth etc.

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    Re: Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote?

    Welcome John.... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    Have you checked out the various threads/posts in this section yet....

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?board=NSW

    If you know which area(s) of Sydney youre likely to be in, it should be of some help to you ;)

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    Re: Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote?

    Also depends on whether youre just after good coffee or if food comes into the equation.

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    Re: Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote?

    yes i did have a look but thats not what i was after (the posts assume you know where youre going already)

    i dont have a specific area in mind, so i was hoping i get an idea of where the funky areas are and then check them out


    Quote Originally Posted by 715C585459350 link=1295535571/1#1 date=1295536282
    Welcome John.... [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

    Have you checked out the various threads/posts in this section yet....

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?board=NSW

    If you know which area(s) of Sydney youre likely to be in, it should be of some help to you ;)

    Mal.

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    Re: Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote?

    glebe
    newtown
    surry hills
    might be your best options, research those

    the word "equivalent" is the challenge IMO MLB is totally diff to SYD in the way it does food and coffee etc. Melbourne has that much more village feel in each suburb that SYD does not have yet.

    MLB does seem to do it better (funky coffee and food places) but SYD beaches & sunshine shit all over MLB ones (are there any beaches in MLB?, dont try to tell me stkilda is a beach....)

    yeah i have lived in both....


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    Re: Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote?

    What maheel said, we have individual places that are great but not whole suburbs or even whole streets.

    If you follow Mals advice you should be able to find some half decent ;) individual places to go.

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    Re: Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote?

    thanks for the tip. ive actually driven around sydney before and randomly hit a beach scene, cant even remember where it was after all these years. Any suggestons re: SYD beaches & sunshine ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 414D444949402C0 link=1295535571/4#4 date=1295611782
    glebe
    newtown
    surry hills
    might be your best options, research those

    the word "equivalent" is the challenge IMO MLB is totally diff to SYD in the way it does food and coffee etc. Melbourne has that much more village feel in each suburb that SYD does not have yet.

    MLB does seem to do it better (funky coffee and food places) but SYD beaches & sunshine shit all over MLB ones (are there any beaches in MLB?, dont try to tell me stkilda is a beach....)

    yeah i have lived in both.... *

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    Re: Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote?

    John, best tip I can give you is Cronulla. Try Buzz Bar or Grind for a coffee but if you want the ultimate in food and ocean, give Zimzalas a go down at the southern end of the Cronulla pavillion. It is literally about 3 metres from the beach and you can sit there over looking the ocean from either a bench seat or a table. Every seat has a stunning view! The coffee wasnt too bad either... ;)

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    Re: Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote?

    Im a little over Cronulla.

    Dont know if the following resemble those Melbourne suburbs at all, but well worth a visit...

    Newtown: as mentioned above. Visit the usuals but make sure you visit, "The Mad Greek" - simple, tasty, cheap food, and his own, "World Famous Coffee" that is quite nice.

    Darlinghurst: I like the Bohemian feel of the area and today we had breakfast at a place that served some awesome fresh juices and a well made espresso using Golden Cobra. Only downside was that Hugo Weaving came and sat at the table next to us with a few of his friends and I think he recognised me.


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    Re: Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote?

    for beaches

    i like Balmoral beach on the north shore (Mosman) if you want kid friendly (no real surf or real coffee :P @ the beach )
    but grab a coffee a Penny Royal or Source for Mosmans best brew up on Military rd

    or up to Manly or even Freshwater for a bit of surf and away from Bondi....

    but then i was a north shore dweller so i am biased

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    Re: Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote?

    As a Melburnian who did the Sydney thing for awhile, here is my second crack. Theyre not really equivalants but rather a match based on the feel/vibe I got from the place. Also agree with the comment re individual places rather than whole streets or suburbs.

    Fitzroy -> Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Glebe, as mentioned
    Brunswick St -> Newtown, as mentioned
    Swan St -> try Balmain. It had a kind of Richmond feel to it. Unless you mean Swan St for the string of Greek Restaurants, then I cant help you!

    A couple of other Melburnians I knew whove lived there loved Potts Point for the food side of things.

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    Re: Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote?

    Quote Originally Posted by 6B4A4141465C2F0 link=1295535571/8#8 date=1295774931
    Im a little over Cronulla.
    Well, thats fair enough! You do live in the Shire after all!! Me, well, Im only there every so often and dont take it for granted! ;)

    Speaking of which, Ill be down this Saturday, hope to see you then! :)

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    Re: Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote?

    choices, choices, choices, at least itll make it an enjoyable problem to solve.

    just got a locusts screen for the drive up, hope i wont run into too many. heard coppers are pinging drivers for covering up the licence plates, gotta take em off and put it over the protector screen.


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    Re: Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote?

    Quote Originally Posted by 30202C2C37221C24222F430 link=1295535571/11#11 date=1295782280
    Speaking of which, Ill be down this Saturday, hope to see you then!
    Does that mean I have to be nice? ;D


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    Re: Sydney suburbs equivalent to Melbournes Fitzroy, Brunswick St, Balaclava, Swan St, Northcote?

    Quote Originally Posted by 66474C4C4B51220 link=1295535571/13#13 date=1295811423
    Quote Originally Posted by 30202C2C37221C24222F430 link=1295535571/11#11 date=1295782280
    Speaking of which, Ill be down this Saturday, hope to see you then! *
    Does that mean I have to be nice? *;D
    What do you mean!? Youre always nice to me! :D



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